† Bulletin Announcements †
April 5, 2015
He Is Risen . . .
THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: John 20:1: “Now on the first day of the week. . .” All is made new by the Resurrection of Jesus! Even the day of worship has transitioned from the Old Testament’s Saturday Sabbath to the Lord’s Day of the New Testament. For the Lord has made all things new: He has begun a new week for a new creation in rising from the dead as the New Adam. We are also made new in Him – a new heart, a new life, new desires, a new outlook toward God: all this comes from our Risen Lord’s grace.
THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck, will be studying during Lent: “Singing With The Exiles”, based on the Book of Isaiah. This Bible Study corresponds with today’s Easter message. The class is at 9:15 a.m. in the church basement.
TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL: “Jesus Dies and Lives Again” serves as the lesson focus for Sunday School this Easter Sunday. Good Friday is both the worst of days, revealing the gravity of our sin and God’s wrath, and the best of days, forever portraying God’s love for us in the crucifixion and resurrection of His Son. Parents could ask, “What makes Good Friday so good? Why is Easter so important for a Christian?”
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The sign-up for the International House Dinner at Illinois State is now available on the table in the narthex. The date is Friday, April 17th at 6:00 p.m. We need volunteers to make and bring food and if you can, come to the meal. Please sign-up for that as well. This is a congregational outreach. We pray you can be a part of this as we get to know young people from all over the world.
CHURCH DIRECTORY: The April 2015 edition of the Church Member Directory is available on the table in the narthex. Please pick up your copy today.
COMPLIMENTARY AMERICAN PASSION PLAY TICKETS for the this coming Saturday, April 11th performance at 2:00 p.m. are available. Please contact Carol Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fern and Theron Noth at email@example.com.
“WALK FOR LIFE”: Pastor and family will be walking again in the Pregnancy Resource Center’s “Walk For Life” on Saturday, April 25th at Christ Church in Normal. If you would like to sponsor them with a pledge or walk yourself please speak with Pastor. Thank you.
FELLOWSHIP HOSTS: The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell. We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee. If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled. We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.
PORTALS OF PRAYER: The April – June 2015 Portals of Prayer are available on the book rack located in the narthex. Pick up your free copy today.
THE PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER is having a Confidential Week-end Retreat for post abortive men and women on April 10th–12th. For more information please see www.hopeforafuture.com/deeperstill.
TICKETS AVAILABLE: Good Shepherd has been blessed with free tickets to the collegiate baseball game between the Illinois State Redbirds and the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. The game is Tuesday, April 14th at 4:30 p.m. at Duffy Bass Field. The free tickets are available for your pick-up in the church office next to the mailboxes. Enjoy!
THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “God Always Shows Up” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from John 20:19-38. Jesus shows up in your life today with His gifts of forgiveness and new life. The speaker will be Reverend Gregory Seltz. Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tune in! You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.
PRAYER CHAIN: If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582. The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.